MA/PGDip Landscape Studies

Department of Landscape, Faculty of Social Sciences

This is the UK's top landscape department for research. Our degrees are respected by the profession and our graduates are in demand.

We believe landscape architecture has a vital role to play in addressing ecological and social issues. We stand for social inclusion, creativity and the right to challenge accepted wisdom.

Our staff include professors Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough, whose revolutionary work on London's Olympic park captured the world's imagination. Piet Oudolf, legendary designer of New York's High Line, is a visiting professor.

About the course

This course provides a foundation in landscape architecture. You'll explore different aspects of the discipline, learn skills and write a dissertation on a landscape topic that matters to you.

If you complete this course, you may be able to join the second year of the MA in Landscape Architecture and work towards a professional qualification.

There are lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, critical feedback sessions, site visits and practicals. You're assessed on coursework assignments, dissertation, oral presentation and examination.

The end-of-year exhibition gives you the chance to present your work to prospective employers.

Core modules

  • Landscape Architecture: Nature, Design, and People
  • Urban Ecological Design and Management
  • Landscape Planning
  • Landscape Urbanism and Design
  • Introduction to Landscape Research
  • Research Proposal and Dissertation Preparation
  • Landscape Research Dissertation


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Critical feedback sessions
  • Site visits
  • Practicals


  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation
  • Oral presentation
  • Examination

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Peter Robinson, postgraduate in the Department of Landscape

The course allows me to be creative and produce workable solutions... I love that we can change people's lives through landscape and planning whilst improving the environment.

Peter Robinson, postgraduate student in Department of Landscape

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Good undergraduate honours degree.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Professor Nigel Dunnett

Professor Nigel Dunnett

Teaches on:
MA/PGDip Landscape Architecture; MA/PGDip Landscape Studies

Research interests:
Sustainable planting design; The planting and Ecology of Green Roofs; Rain Gardens; Long- term dynamics of herbaceous vegetation.

Research focus:
Interdisciplinary research activity, focusing on the interface between ecology, design and horticulture in urban green space and built development.

Current research projects and publications

Your career

Our graduates work all over the world, in private practice and for public organisations. Some work for councils and national parks or for wildlife trusts. Others go into conservation and forestry.

Our graduates also work in administration and policy making for organisations such as Natural England and DEFRA.

A creative environment

Each year group has access to a studio. You'll use the latest technology, just as you would in practice. Our computer suites are equipped with CAD and digital imaging and publishing software, and A4–A0 colour printing facilities.

We're based in the Arts Tower, an iconic, Grade II* listed building which has just had a £25 million refurbishment. Our studios are equipped with wireless and digital projection facilities, portfolio and locker space. And you have your own kitchen and common room.

In the UK's greenest city

Sheffield is an exciting place to be a landscape student. It's England's fourth largest city and also its greenest in terms of public open space and tree cover. The many urban parks and extensive green infrastructure provide inspiration for much of our project work.

About us

We are a world-leading department - the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us the best landscape department in the UK. World leading research informs our masters courses. You’ll be taught by leading experts.

We offer taught courses including design, management, planning, and the ecological, social and cultural aspects of landscape.

You'll be taught by leading experts such as Catherine Dee, Anna Jorgensen, Nigel Dunnett, and Olympic meadows co-designer James Hitchmough.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 0617